Stewart Island International Dark Sky application

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Readings conducted on the island by Xyst Consulting have confirmed the sky quality is suitable for achieving dark sky status, and is comparable with current conditions on Great Barrier Island.

In order to achieve Dark Sky Sanctuary status, the island must use LED street lights of no higher than 3000k, which the Southland District Council is addressing with their LED replacement programme. ​

Along with the testing, Venture Southland also polled residents to gather their views on the subject.

Support for the initiative was strong, with 79 of the 90 people surveyed supporting the plans.

Community leaders on Stewart Island also expressed their support for the proposal.

Xyst welcomes Michele Frey to the team:

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We are delighted to announce that the highly talented and experienced environmental and recreation practitioner, Michele Frey has joined the Xyst team.

Michele is an experienced environmental and recreation practitioner. She has broad consultancy experience ranging from national tourism research, parks, conservation and recreation strategy and asset management to lead roles in feasibility studies for sports facility developments, major recreation assessments and recreation strategies. She was elected to the Board of the NZ Recreation Association in 2015 and as its Deputy Chair in 2016.

Michele’s qualifications include a Master of Applied Science, Major in Environmental Management; and a Certificate in Science & Technology, Landscape Design.

Michele latest challenging adventure was taking part in the pursuit event of multisport adventure race, Godzone.

Australia feature project: IPART (NSW) Open space embellishment levels of servcie and cost guideline

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The NSW government department IPART has engaged Xyst to prepare a report to provide guidance on their assessment of open space development contributions proposals.

The guideline provides a detailed list of typical levels of service for a range of park categories. This provides guidance as to what assets are typically either provided or not provided (based on the Revised Local Development Contributions Practice Note,  definition of  “base level” embellishment).

The guideline provides typical range of quantities and market costs for the provision of assets and development for each park category, to arrive at typical cost range for park developments.

New Melbourne & Brisbane offices

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Brian Milne has recently established a new office based in Brisbane and enjoying the views of the Brisbane River from the inner city suburb of New Farm and Jayson Kelly is now based in Melbourne, in the leafy environs of North Balwyn.